Glen MacLarty, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 2.0
Glen MacLarty, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 2.0

This Virtual Recipe Could Be the Future of Cooking

Glen MacLarty, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 2.0
Glen MacLarty, Wikimedia Commons // CC BY 2.0

Before photography was widespread, home cooks could only refer to the text of a recipe and hope that whatever came out of the oven looked like it was supposed to. Now, we have high-definition photos and instructional videos to help guide us on the path to culinary perfection—and if the clip below is any indication, augmented reality may be the next visual recipe tool to infiltrate our kitchens.

As Co.Design reports, this tutorial created by "3D Scanning Enthusiast" Romain Rouffet captures every layer of a banoffee (banana and toffee) pie in three dimensions. Viewers can drag their cursor around the screen to view the pie from above, from the sides, or close-up. The action in the video mimics the instructions written in the recipe in the sidebar, starting with the crackers getting crushed to form the foundation and leading to the sprinkling of chocolate on top of the final layer of whipped cream.

The project makes for a neat effect, but it also opens the door for a whole new way to share recipes. If home cooks were able to visualize a meal unfolding on their countertops using augmented reality, it might increase their chances of success when they set out to recreate it in real life.

Until this point, AR has mostly been used in video games or social media apps. But there have been practical applications of the technology, like IKEA’s feature that lets shoppers test-run virtual furniture, or the INKHUNTER app that lets users try out tattoos before getting them. Romain Rouffet doesn’t have his own app yet, but you can use his creation on Sketchfab to make a banoffee pie with or without a pair of VR goggles.

[h/t Co.Design]

The Top 10 Pizza Chains in America

Pizza is a $45.1 billion industry in the United States. Here are the top pizza chains across this great nation, based on gross sales in 2016.


Pizza Hut is truly enormous. Raking in more than $5.75 billion in 2016, the chain is best known for its red roof architecture. The style is so distinctive that the blog Used to Be a Pizza Hut collects photos of former Pizza Hut restaurants now turned into other businesses.


With more than $5.47 billion in revenue, Domino's is nipping at Pizza Hut's heels. For decades, Domino's offered a guarantee that your pizza would arrive in 30 minutes or less, or it would be free. The policy was terminated in 1993 in the U.S., and Domino's has since focused on expanding its menu with pasta, sandwiches, and other goodies.


Photo of the exterior of a Little Caesars restaurant

Founded in 1959 by Mike and Marian Ilitch, Little Caesars focuses on carry-out pizza at ultra-competitive prices. Using slogans like "Pizza! Pizza!," "Pan! Pan!," and "Deep Deep Dish," the chain offers hot cheese pizzas for just $5.


Headquartered in Jeffersontown, Kentucky, Papa John's was the first national pizza chain to offer online ordering in the U.S., way back in 2002.


Papa Murphy's offers exclusively "take and bake" pizza, where the ingredients are put together in front of you, then you bake the pizza at home. It's the only large chain to offer this kind of pizza, and it's a smart business model—stores don't need pizza ovens!


California Pizza Kitchen

The first California Pizza Kitchen launched in 1985 in Beverly Hills, California. The focus is on gourmet pizza, including a line of relatively fancy frozen pizzas. In many locations, CPK also offers gluten-free crust as an option, making it a favorite for gluten-intolerant pizza lovers.


Pasquale “Pat” Giammarco founded Marco's Pizza in 1978. The Toledo, Ohio-based chain is now the country's fastest-growing pizza chain, with more than 800 franchised locations across the U.S. as well as in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and India. They specialize in what they've dubbed "Ah!thentic Italian."


In 1958, Bill Larson concluded four years of US Navy service and got a job at a pizza parlor in San Mateo, California. A year later, he founded his own: Round Table Pizza. Using a King Arthur theme, Round Table has often featured knights and shields in its logo. The knight theme originated when Larson saw drawings of King Arthur's court eating pizza.


The brainchild of two Georgia Tech students, Mellow Mushroom opened in Atlanta, Georgia as a one-off pizzeria. Today, it boasts more than 150 locations, and is regularly inching further westward.


Macaroni and cheese pizza from Cicis

Cicis is the world's largest pizza buffet chain. It features all sorts of wild stuff including a macaroni-and-cheese pizza.

Source: PMQ Pizza Magazine

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Walmart Will Now Deliver Groceries to Your Door

If you feel that self-checkout lanes still involve an unacceptable risk of mingling with other humans, Walmart is prepared to make you an even better offer. Beginning this year, the retailer will be offering grocery delivery service from more than 800 of their stores, reaching an estimated 40 percent of the country.

The move comes after Amazon’s recent announcement that they would be shuttling food from the recently acquired Whole Foods chain to Amazon Prime customers in under two hours for no charge. Walmart’s plan doesn’t involve a subscription fee; instead, users will be charged $9.95 for delivery, with a minimum $30 order. Prices on delivery items will be the same as in the store.

Consumers in participating regions will be able to select items from the Walmart website or app. The company will then enlist a “personal shopper” trained in selecting cuts of meat and fresh produce to gather the items and then route them to homes via Uber or another ride service, typically within a window of 3 to 4 hours.

The store-to-door service is currently in a handful of trial locations, but Walmart is expected to expand delivery zones quickly, with plans to eventually reach every U.S. household.

[h/t BusinessInsider]


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